Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Commentary & Opinion

International Community Must Address MSM Population in Order to End AIDS Epidemic

August 24, 2012

"Over the 30 years of the AIDS epidemic, the disease has had a profound impact on every country in the world," and "in each country, that impact is experienced a different way," Vivek Anand, CEO of the Humsafar Trust, and Kenneth Mayer, medical research director of Fenway Health and co-director of the Fenway Institute, write in this post in Huffington Post's "Gay Voices" blog. "But one reality remains: In nearly every country, HIV rates are disproportionately high in gay and bisexual men, as well as men who have sex with men (MSM) who do not identify as either," they continue, adding, "The full scope of the epidemic simply cannot be addressed until we recognize that there is no country in the world where we can overlook the MSM population."

"Unfortunately, the scope of the epidemic has often been poorly understood, or left undiscussed, by those dedicated to HIV prevention," they write, noting, "Too often, their portrait of those at risk of HIV splits into a false dichotomy: Caucasian gay men, bisexual men, and MSM in wealthier countries, with the disease being a heterosexual epidemic in lower-income nations." They continue, "MSM are not only an at-risk population in wealthier countries but are present in every country in the world." They discuss they work of their respective organizations and conclude, "We have a long way to go in combating the stigma that drives many MSM and transgender people to engage in unsafe sexual practices, but we are reaching them. ... We cannot end this epidemic if we ignore any at-risk population" (8/23).

Back to other news for August 2012


This information was reprinted from kff.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
More on HIV Treatment in the Developing World
More on MSM and Global HIV/AIDS

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Advertisement